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Learning APA BasicsWhat is APA?Why Should You Care?Specific 300 Level Course APA ExpectationsThe Title Page (p 10-11 in APA Manual)The Title Page con’t (pp. 12 & 296 APA Manual)Manuscript Header (p. 288 Ex. 5.06 in APA Manual)In-Text Citations (p. 207 APA Manual)In- Text Citations con’t (p. 207 APA Manual)Citing Personal Communication (p. 214 APA Manual)The Reference Page ( Ch. 4 in APA Manual, p. 215)The Reference Page con’t (Ch. 4, p. 214 in APA Manual)Helpful ResourcesRecapLearning APA BasicsLearning APA BasicsPresented by: Annie CawthonPresented by: Annie CawthonWhat is APA?What is APA?American Psychological Association (APA)American Psychological Association (APA)Used to provide consistency and uniformity in Used to provide consistency and uniformity in writingwritingOriginated in 1929 as a seven page article and Originated in 1929 as a seven page article and is now a 440 page manual. (YEP…..the is now a 440 page manual. (YEP…..the dreaded red and black 5dreaded red and black 5thth edition APA edition APA book…..)book…..)(Cuddy, 2002)(Cuddy, 2002)Why Should You Care?Why Should You Care?200 level courses: APA is just being introduced. 200 level courses: APA is just being introduced. Partial credit given for mistakes.Partial credit given for mistakes.300 level courses: No credit given for incorrect APA. 300 level courses: No credit given for incorrect APA. No faculty corrections will be made to submitted No faculty corrections will be made to submitted papers. The paper is returned to the student, papers. The paper is returned to the student, appropriate APA changes must be made, and the appropriate APA changes must be made, and the student will receive a drop in one letter grade!student will receive a drop in one letter grade!By using correct APA, you are eliminating the risk of By using correct APA, you are eliminating the risk of being suspected of plagiarism- which is taken being suspected of plagiarism- which is taken EXTREMELY seriously!EXTREMELY seriously!(Brenda Rowe’s NUR 420 website)(Brenda Rowe’s NUR 420 website)Specific 300 Level Course APA Specific 300 Level Course APA ExpectationsExpectationsTitle page: Correct placement of running head; Title page: Correct placement of running head; correct header with page number; inclusion of title, correct header with page number; inclusion of title, student name, and affiliation (school name). Correct student name, and affiliation (school name). Correct pagination, headers, and margins on subsequent pagination, headers, and margins on subsequent pages.pages.Correct references in the body of the paper; correct Correct references in the body of the paper; correct use of author’s name and publication date; Correct use of author’s name and publication date; Correct citation of secondary sources.citation of secondary sources.Quoted material must include page number, author, Quoted material must include page number, author, and date. and date. 100% accuracy on reference page.100% accuracy on reference page.The Title Page The Title Page (p 10-11 in APA Manual)(p 10-11 in APA Manual)Title:Title:- Should be a concise statement of the main topic- Should be a concise statement of the main topic- Use upper and lower case letters- Use upper and lower case letters- Avoid using abbreviations in the title- Avoid using abbreviations in the title- Title should be at center of page- Title should be at center of page- Avoid using phrases such as “A Study of….” or “An Experimental - Avoid using phrases such as “A Study of….” or “An Experimental Investigation of…”Investigation of…”- Recommended to be 10-12 words- Recommended to be 10-12 words• • Author’s Name:Author’s Name:- Your first name, middle initial, and last name- Your first name, middle initial, and last name- Omit titles and degrees (e.g. Dr., Professor, PhD, EdD)- Omit titles and degrees (e.g. Dr., Professor, PhD, EdD)• • Institutional Affiliation:Institutional Affiliation:-Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University-Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer UniversityThe Title Page con’tThe Title Page con’t(pp. 12 & 296 APA Manual)(pp. 12 & 296 APA Manual)The Running Head:The Running Head:- Located - Located only on the title page!only on the title page!- It is an abbreviation of the title- It is an abbreviation of the title- Located flush left at top of the title page in - Located flush left at top of the title page in ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS.ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS.- Should - Should notnot be more than 50 characters be more than 50 characters (including letters, spaces, and punctuation)(including letters, spaces, and punctuation)- Example on p. 306 in APA Manual- Example on p. 306 in APA ManualManuscript HeaderManuscript Header(p. 288 Ex. 5.06 in APA Manual)(p. 288 Ex. 5.06 in APA Manual)Use the first two or three words of the titleUse the first two or three words of the titleLocated Located on each pageon each pageLocated in upper right hand corner Located in upper right hand corner The manuscript header is useful because if the pages The manuscript header is useful because if the pages get separated, the page number and header on each get separated, the page number and header on each page will assist in putting the paper back in the correct page will assist in putting the paper back in the correct order.order.Steps: ViewSteps: View Header/Footer Header/Footer Align right Align right Type in 2 to 3 word portion of Type in 2 to 3 word portion of titletitle insert 5 spaces insert 5 spaces click icon to insert page number. The manuscript click icon to insert page number. The manuscript header and appropriate page number will automatically be added to each header and appropriate page number will automatically be added to each sequential page, so you only have to go through the process once- when sequential page, so you only have to go through the process once- when creating the title page. creating the title page.In-Text CitationsIn-Text Citations(p. 207 APA Manual)(p. 207 APA Manual)1 author1 author: Include author’s last name and year. Do not include : Include author’s last name and year. Do not include month.month.Ex: Walker (2004) discussed that…..Ex: Walker (2004) discussed that….. In a recent study...(Walker, 2004).In a recent study...(Walker, 2004).2 authors2 authors: Cite both names each time.: Cite both names


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